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Lake Placid

Year: 1999
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Steve Miner
Producer: David E Kelley
Writer: David E Kelley
Cast: Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson
The CGI monster movie seemed way behind us around the time this film came out, but who can resist a giant killer crocodile or reptile if it's done well?

It takes strong cues from the B monster movies of the 1950s and wraps it up in surprisingly funny trimmings, with the bickering between Oliver Platt and Brendan Gleeson a treat.

A range of characters come together - the pat hero and heroine, the hostile cop and the rich industrialist - as a giant croc comes to light in picturesque Lake Placid following the disappearance of groups of some tourists.

The cleverest twist is the kindly old lady who considers the creature her pet, and the humour keeps us rolling along as we go through a fairly typical man versus monster narrative and premise. It's all good fun and nobody - including the cast - takes it seriously.

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